Expedia is known for getting people where they want to go. From business trips across the globe to cruises with friends and family, Expedia has changed the way the world travels over the past 20 years. Recently, we partnered with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) to help college students embrace wanderlust by awarding a pair of $3,000 scholarships to members of the NFB’s 2016 scholarship class. We are pleased to congratulate this year’s recipients: Megan Borella and Kartik Sawhney.

These students have demonstrated that blindness does not define them. They have achieved academic excellence and set admirable goals for their futures at UCLA and Stanford, respectively, and beyond. Borella will be attending UCLA in the fall with a major in Business Economics. She hopes to use her knowledge of access technology to empower blind students to explore the world. Kartik Sawhney came to America from India to pursue his dream of working in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). He believes that one day, we will live in an equitable society.

Patty Chang, Chair of the Scholarship Committee for the NFB, said, “The members of the National Federation of the Blind all work together to contribute our mentorship, support and financial resources to assist the next generation.” She went on to note that, “The students are planning careers in fields that many of my generation thought were unattainable. We will help these talented and academically strong students to live the lives they want, and thanks to our generous sponsors, such as Expedia, we are able to offer scholarships to help make their dreams reality.”

As these students prepare to head back to school, we wish them continued success in the academic arena and in the world, where they will continue to redefine what it means to be blind, by living the lives they choose and refusing to let blindness put limits on the dreams they can realize.

To learn more about the National Federation of the Blind, visit www.nfb.org.

Want to read a scholarship winner’s perspective? Check out JameyAnne Fuller’s account of the NFB national convention!